You don’t have to be Hipster McCool to “Come See Des Moines Change” May 10 at the official opening party for Des Moines Social Club’s downtown digs. If you’re breathing, you’re welcome. “The Des Moines Social Club belongs to everyone and is for everyone,” Executive Director Zachary Mannheimer recently wrote on the nonprofit’s website. “You’ve gotta see it to fully understand the significance this is going to have (for) the community.”
The free all-ages bash runs 5-9 p.m. (plus an after-party) at the renovated historic firehouse, 900 Mulberry St., and includes a packed schedule showcasing the venue’s diverse art, entertainment and educational offerings. This is a party seven years in the making, with a talk by Talking Heads founding member David Byrne, live music, theater performances, visual art exhibits and much more.
Your problem will be deciding how to do it all. Groove to local bands and see other performers (including Byrne) in the outdoor courtyard. Inside, peruse the Grand View University juried student art show at Viaduct Gallery and help paint a collaborative mural. Joe Crimmings and Aeon Grey’s multimedia installation takes over the handball court. You also can browse the comics at Capes Kafé, sit in on a 30-minute preview of a photography class and sample Latin American flavors at Malo restaurant. In the Kum & Go Theater, five drama troupes stage productions ranging from classical to “pro wrestling.” Need more info? Click here. –By Kellye Crocker